In this way, the reader starts to feel anger towards the creature for causing their deaths, but as the point of view is switched, the creature’s feelings and reasoning for the events he caused becomes clear. If the narrator had been the creature, the reader would sympathize with him for creating him to be alone vs feeling bad for Frankenstein’s loss. The different point of views offer more evidence to support the author’s message about companionship. Shelley writes from Frankenstein’s point of view, “I have but one resource; and I devote myself, either in my life or death, to his destruction” (Shelley, 1818, p 188). In this quote, we can see how the lack of his wife, friend, and brother has driven him insane with anger and revenge for the creature.
The renowned literature Frankenstein, written in 1818 by Mary Shelley is one of the most influential gothic novels, as well as has inspired many genres of horror films, plays, and stories. In the novel Frankenstein, her characters are unable to recognize the creature as a human rather than a monster due to his frightening image. Mary Shelley’s story displays how society places an immense amount of judgment based off one 's physical features. She suggests that one 's appearance can indicate their inner self-worth due to society’s influence and harsh opinions. When the creature had first came to life, his creator shrieked in horror from his appearance, which made Frankenstein traumatized and resulted in him seeking vengeance.
After analyzing Victor Frankenstein and his creation, it obvious that they both have an unbalanced subconscious. At the start of the novel, Frankenstein’s id was more prominent, and after he realized what he’d created, his superego took over with his sense of guilt. The creature on the other hand, primarily follows his id, and doesn’t feel guilty of what he’s done. Despite their hatred for one another, Frankenstein and the monster are very much the same. The monster is a product of Frankenstein; “Creator and created” (Hennessy).
In my opinion, Victor Frankenstein is the hero of Frankenstein. He is a tragic hero and a scientist who is obsessed with creating life from lifeless things. After Victor created the monster, he ran away. After Victor created monster, he wanted to destroy the monster as it felt it needed revenge against his creator. We will focus on three aspects to explain why Victor Frankenstein is the tragic hero of Frankenstein.
“One man's life or death were but a small price to pay for the acquirement of the knowledge which I sought.” A quote from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. This quote embodies one of the central themes of the story. When does science become unethical? Should scientist bare the responsibility or burden of their creations or discoveries. In Frankenstein, Victor the main protagonist creates a monster who begins to haunt his everyday life.
Frankenstein, a work by Mary Shelley, is a story about how man creates life so he can carve a new era of society, but ultimately faces the repercussions from attempting to defy the laws of nature. In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley uses the themes revenge, nature, and isolation from society to create meaning for her readers. For example, Revenge is a powerful force that will consume the minds of those it inhabits. The monster begins its life with a warm, open heart. However, after it is abandoned and mistreated first by Victor and then by the De Lacey family, the monster turns to revenge, it became blinded, and “...feelings of revenge and hatred filled [its] bosom… [and it] bent [its] mind towards injury and death” (Shelley 99).
Change can have a negative effect on the a person’s change. This is certainly the case for the main characters in the gothic novel, Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein is an educated man from Geneva, but when he comes to Ingolstadt he becomes obsessed with his work. Victor creates a human and brings it to life. Then he feels disgusted with what he had created and leaves it to fend for itself, unknowing of the terror he could bring.
Doctor Frankenstein’s Biggest Regret The greatest minds have the potential to cause the greatest harm. This is evident in Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, as the main character, the brilliant Doctor Frankenstein, through discarded body parts creates a monster, which results in harming the people that mean the most to him. In Doctor Frankenstein’s innocent efforts to figure out the key to life, he ultimately unlocks a tragic door for himself and others. Behind this door, he finds that the knowledge he searched for should have stayed hidden, exemplifying his tragic flaw. Doctor Frankenstein’s revolutionary ideas made himself, and others, an instrument of suffering throughout the story.
Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, is one of the most important and popular novels in the Romantic genre to this day. The novel was originally controversial because it touched on many fragile subjects such as the human anatomy and the development of science. The structure of Frankenstein begins as an epistolary, narrative story told by Robert Walton to his sister in England. Walton’s letters tell us that he is exploring, searching for what lies beyond the North Pole, and he eventually connects with Frankenstein. Shelley creates the protagonist, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, who has a fascination with life and death.
Mary Shelley uses Frankenstein's rationalizations to show how his ego seeks to protect itself. Shelley focuses on how Frankenstein's ego gives Frankenstein a warped sense of reality. This warped sense of reality is first seen when Frankenstein decides to go from having little scientific experience to creating life from nothing. His ego forces him to labor with rot and the dead to achieve a mythical status as first and lone creator of life, further blinding him to the horror of his creation. As the novel progresses, Shelley uses ego to once again rationalize Frankenstein's actions.